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Observing Seasonal Change in Pre-kindergarten

Pre-kindergarteners in Julie Brackett’s class used observational skills throughout the recent snow thaw, which revealed a little color from vegetation starting to grow. “During our regular nature walks, my students have been noticing a bit of green growth and we have been talking about changes in the temperature,” said Brackett. “I shared with the students that some of the plants on campus that have been deep underground are starting to warm up enough to grow and poke through the snow.” Brackett used students’ observations and meanderings to tie into a literacy activity involving “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, followed by an exercise in which the students were able to make foot prints in the melting snow, which is referenced in the book.